We are experiencing some issues with the Oireachtas website at the moment, we hope to have the situation resolved as soon as possible.
— Oireachtas News (@OireachtasNews) January 22, 2016
Silicon Republic reports:
Serious questions are being asked of the security of Ireland’s websites following a week of regular distributed denial of service attacks against Government websites, the lotto and Boards.ie.
What exactly is going on? In the space of a week, Irish websites have found themselves inundated with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that once again, as of today (22 January), a number of Irish Governmental websites are down with confirmation from those attacked.
Once the vestige of pranksters, DDoS attacks which flood a website’s servers with fake traffic from multiple points to shut down the website are now cosndered criminal behaviour with those found to be perpetrating such crimes usually facing harsh punishments.